By David Wheeler/Special to the Journal
FULTON – Having to play each school twice, teams in Division 1-4A are already angling for the best seeds.
The Itawamba AHS Lady Indians are getting an “A” so far in basketball geometry, dispatching the athletic and hard-playing Shannon Lady Raiders 73-58 on Monday.
“I had heard how hard Shannon plays, and they lived up to that tonight,” Itawamba head coach Amanda Morrow said. “We were able to go on little streaks where we handled their pressure well.
“It was a control thing for us tonight.”
The Lady Indians (7-3, 3-0) might have gained a bit of control on the scoreboard in the second quarter. There, IAHS went on an 8-0 run, including a pair of baskets by Constance Dunn that took the Lady Indians lead from 22-17 to 30-17.
raiders hang tight
The Lady Raiders (5-2, 1-1) responded with their own 8-0 spurt, including two fields goals by Shae Patterson.
The Itawamba could not pull away from the pesky Lady Raiders until the fourth quarter. Haley Gates drained four 3-pointers to expand on what was a 51-42 margin entering the period.
“I don’t know if there was one key for us tonight, other than we were able to get an 11-pointer lead, let it go, and then get it back,” Morrow said. “Then Gates came in and started hitting shots.”
Kim Mallory and Quay Dunn each scored 15 points to lead IAHS, with Alexander Metcalf leading Shannon with 17.
(B) Shannon 72, Itawamba AHS 45: The 3-point shooting of Lakee Westbrook and Zavier Jones helped the Red Raiders break open what was a close game at the half.
Westbrook and Jones combined to hit six 3-pointers in the second half, beginning with a pair by Jones that gave Shannon a 39-29 lead after only claiming a 29-26 margin at the break.
Westbrook paced Shannon (9-2, 2-0) with 24, with Jones adding 18. Anthony Kennedy tallied 16 to lead IAHS.